This is the first of a series of stories going around the horn with the 2016 Brewers. First up: The starting rotation.
Though Hector Olivera might not have lived up to expectations from a performance standpoint after he made his Major League debut in September, the Braves have certainly been impressed with the diligence and work ethic that he has shown over the past few weeks.
Bring up James Kaprielian’s name to a Yankees official this spring, and the likely response will be a smile and a knowing nod. The team’s expectations for the hurler seem sky high, with even managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner voicing hope that he makes it to the Majors this year.
This year, Spring Training is going to be an uphill climb for the Yankees — quite literally.
Chris Parmelee appears to have reached an agreement with the Yankees for the 2016 season. The first baseman posted a picture of a Yankees logo on his Instagram account with the caption, “So excited to start this new chapter. #Yankees #MLB”
Todd Frazier arrives as the impact bat so desperately needed by the White Sox, along with a potential answer at third base for at least the next two years.
Adam LaRoche would like to redo his debut 2015 performance with the White Sox.
The arrival of Brett Lawrie and the expected move of Tyler Saladino to shortstop means a completely new double-play combination for the 2016 White Sox. But that change doesn’t seem to be much of a worry for Saladino.
You remember Shane Greene, right? Started last season in the Tigers rotation. Won his first three starts with 23 innings and one earned run allowed. Lost eight of nine decisions over his next 10 starts with a 9.20 ERA. Had a pseudoaneurysm in his shoulder that, in hindsight, might explain that last part.
After becoming a big league regular in 2014 and an All-Star and Silver Slugger last year, J.D. Martinez sees the mental side of the game as his next step at Tigers camp.
Tigers prospect JaCoby Jones won’t go into the details of what led to his positive test and 50-game suspension for a drug of abuse last fall, but he owns the offense. And he’s thankful the Tigers invited him to Major League camp.
So, what was Royals second baseman Omar Infante’s reaction to now having to compete for the second-base job with Christian Colon? A shrug of the shoulders.